Feb 25, 2013 6:30pm EST
, where scandal threatens to overshadow the election of the new pope. tonight, just as pope benedict has moved up the date of the vote, britain's cardinal, keith o'brien, stepping down, after reports that he behaved inappropriately. and now come questions about an american cardinal. abc's david wright at the vatican again tonight. >> reporter: today, britain's cardinal keith o'brien said he will not attend the conclave, because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brien made unwanted sexual advances on them in the 1980s, allegations o'brien denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile prooelss. l.a.'s roger mahony for one. president obama's outgoing ambassador to the holy see today suggested mahony consider bowing out. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: and then, there's the italian papers full of reports of a dossier prepared "for th
Feb 14, 2013 6:30pm EST
charge. >>> and still overseas, we have word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. >>> and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense.